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Mumbai alcohol poisonings

In June 2015, at least 102 people died after drinking contaminated alcohol in the Laxmi Nagar slum in Malad, located in Mumbai, India.[1][2][3][4] Another 45 people were hospitalised as a result of the incident.[2][5] The incident has been described as the worst of its kind in over a decade.[6]

BackgroundEdit

Alcohol poisoning incidents are common in India, where poor people often cannot afford licensed liquor. In 2004, 104 people died after drinking contaminated alcohol in the Mumbai neighbourhood of Vikhroli.[4]

ArrestsEdit

By 22 June 2015, seven people have been arrested, and eight police officers have also been suspended for negligence, in connection with the incident. The people who were arrested are believed to have transported the liquor to workers. The prime suspect, Mainka Bai, a woman, was absconding as of 22 June 2015. The arrested included two women: Mamta Rathod (aged 30) and Agnes Gracy alias Aunty (aged 50).[6][4][7] Latif Khan was arrested on 23 June for his role in the distribution of the tainted beverages.[2]

CauseEdit

According to police, the victims suffered methanol poisoning from methanol that had been added to the liquor to increase its potency.[1]

ReactionEdit

The government of India has announced that it will compensate the families of the victims of the incident with 100,000 rupees, the equivalent of $1,575 in US dollars.[8]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Bengali, Shashank (20 June 2015). "84 dead in India after drinking toxic homemade liquor". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Indian police arrest man for selling moonshine that killed 102". The Irish Times. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  3. ^ "India toxic alcohol kills 84 in Mumbai". BBC News. 20 June 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "Toxic alcohol kills scores in India's Mumbai". Al Jazeera. 20 June 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Tainted Liquor Kills 84 in India's Financial Hub of Mumbai". ABC News. 20 June 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  6. ^ a b Najar, Nida (20 June 2015). "Toxic Liquor in India Kills at Least 84". New York Times. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Mumbai Hooch Tragedy: Toll Mounts to 102, Cong Demands CM's Resignation". Outlook. 22 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  8. ^ "India alcohol poisoning: Mumbai death toll tops 100". BBC News. 22 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015.